My kids are enjoying Times Alive online lessons with animated songs and stories to learn times tables the fun way. Fun animated stories are a refreshing way to learn and remember math facts. With Times Alive, it is so easy for kids to master learning multiplication.
Online Math Learning Program
Multi-student use on the same computer.
Retail $9.95 per month.
Additional products are available.
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Recommendations and Requirements:
To use Times Alive online learning program, you will need:
A computer with internet access
A mouse or other pointing device
Video at 1024 x 768 or higher
400 mhz or greater
128 MB of RAM or greater
You can use this program daily for 20+/- minutes. Some children will move faster and others will progress slower due to variations in skill levels. If you don’t prefer to use it daily, it is recommended to use it at a minimum of twice a week for progress and retention. However each family can find a pace that feels right for their learning needs.
How We Used Times Alive
This is a “no tears” method of learning math. My kids don’t like math practice and try to get away with the bare minimum. If one lesson is all that I have scheduled, then they do the one lesson and nothing more. I have suggested some days to do additional practice work in our regular math program, but those requests are usually met with grumbling.
Times Alive came to the rescue! The online lessons, stories, and animated songs in the Times Alive lessons are fun. The kids don’t complain to add in a few extra minutes of practice learning about math times tables.
We have six kids in our family and they were able to share the Times Alive program on the same computer. The program is set up for family use and each of my kids can log in and log out and then the next one can use it. This program worked out great for our family. The subscription doesn’t allow for use with more than one computer, but it will keep track of all of my kids progress in their own dashboard, as long as they use the same computer each time they log in.
My kids enjoyed reading along with the stories. Most kids love stories and Times Alive tells silly math stories that makes learning math facts fun and easy to remember. These stories are filled with goofy characters and it is fun to see the characters come alive in the story and find out what adventure or dilemma they go through and this triggers you to associate the fact and remember it later.
As the lesson progresses, the story lesson is followed by another video with a catchy song that also helps my kids remember the facts they learned in the story. Then there are interactive games and fun quizzes to engage their interests and these serve the purpose of testing their math fact recall.
There are also progress reports that keep track of quiz scores, dates the lessons were completed, how much time they spent learning, and also summarize their overall learning.
Another thing we really liked about the program is that we could stop and go as the kids needed. There is no set schedule in the program so we were able to use the program as it fit into our schedule. Each time they use it, the program keeps track of where they left off, so they could resume the learning the next time they logged in. I found the progress reports to be a helpful tool. You have the option to print off their progress reports and use them how ever you wish. This is a great to put into their portfolio if you desire.
Check out this fun video from Times Alive.
City Creek Press
Times Alive is created by City Creek Press. It you are looking for great learning products to boost your child’s learning and retention skills, be sure to check out all of their other great products such as books, DVD’s, Computer programs, etc. They have been producing learning programs since 1992 and many of their resources have proven to boost student skills and retention above 95% with some post test scores reaching 98%.
Homeschool Review Crew
Be sure to check out what other families on the Homeschool Review Crew had to say about using Times Alive in their home. The Homeschool Review Crew is a great way to see how products fit into different families with different learning styles. There is a wide variety of families who volunteer to try out these great products and share their experience. I hope you will check it out!